Items Tagged ‘Transplants’

February 14, 2017

Being a donor is a selfless act

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist

Let’s thank all donors this National Donor Day – a day designated to raise awareness for organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet and blood donation. Today is about giving to those in need, so learn more about Mayo Clinic’s Living Donor Program. Also, consider other options such as checking the Organ Donor box or joining the […]

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Tags: Transplants, Visiting Mayo Clinic


January 19, 2017

A Gift of Life From One Friend to Another

By Nate Gilbraith Nate Gilbraith

When Lori Allan revealed to her close friend, Becca Spurr, that she needed a kidney transplant, Becca proved that she was more than just a friend to Lori – she was also a willing donor. According to the Mankato Free Press, a medication Lori had been taking for an “unrelated health issue” damaged her kidneys to the […]

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Tags: Transplants


December 22, 2016

Teen Receives Thorough, Compassionate Care Before, During and After a Heart Transplant at Mayo Clinic

By Nate Gilbraith Nate Gilbraith

Chase Fairbairn’s life was interrupted at the age of 11 in 2011. Chase suffered cardiac arrest on a soccer field. During a brief hospitalization, Chase was tested for cardiac issues, but when his test results came back normal, he was released with a diagnosis of dehydration. Chase’s heart stopped again two months later during another soccer match. […]

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Tags: Heart & Blood Health, Heart Transplant/VAD Support Group, Transplants


December 16, 2016

Sisters’ Heart Transplants Inspire Family to Organize Holiday Toy Drive

By Alyse Brunella Alyse Brunella

As a mother, Linsey Rippy’s holiday shopping list is usually full of toys, but surprisingly not always for her own children. Linsey’s daughters, 10-year-old Madi and 7-year-old Sydney, were diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy as toddlers, and each had a heart transplant at Mayo Clinic at age 3. Knowing first-hand how difficult it is to have […]

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Tags: About Kids & Teens, Heart & Blood Health, Transplants, Visiting Mayo Clinic


December 15, 2016

Sharing Part of His Liver, Brother-in-Law Offers Something Greater: A Future

By Nate Gilbraith Nate Gilbraith

Isaac Jackson’s life as a husband, father and partner in a law firm suddenly changed in 2014. He began feeling sick whenever he ate, so he went to visit his primary doctor and several specialists. An MRI of Isaac’s abdomen showed that the entire right side of his liver was no longer working and his bile […]

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November 4, 2016

Mother Gives Back to School in a Big Way With Kidney Donation

By Ali Skahan Ali Skahan

Many parents volunteer for the PTA at their child’s school, or lend a hand with school events, but for Kati Walker, her involvement went much further. Nancy Shaver, the principal of her children’s elementary school,had been struggling with polycystic kidney disease that was affecting her ability to work properly. After receiving an email from the […]

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Tags: Kidney & Bladder, Transplants, Visiting Mayo Clinic


October 7, 2016

Liver Transplant Allows Young Father to Be There for His Family

By Ali Skahan Ali Skahan

When you’re feeling fine and don’t have any pre-existing conditions, you probably think routine checkups are just that; routine. That’s how Bryan Duncan, a 29-year-old father of two, felt when he went in for checkup, but lab results showed otherwise. Bryan discovered he had a rare liver disorder known as primary sclerosing cholangitis, or PSC, […]

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Tags: Transplants, Visiting Mayo Clinic


October 5, 2016

9-Year-Old Twin Sisters Dance With Bone Marrow Donor Who Saved Them

By Ali Skahan Ali Skahan

You may not remember what you were doing when you were 9-years-old, but for Elizabeth and Kathryn Girtler, they’ve formed memories that will last a lifetime. The twin girls recently met the man responsible for the bone marrow donation that saved their lives nearly four years ago. After being diagnosed with a rare condition that […]

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Tags: Heart & Blood Health, Transplants, Visiting Mayo Clinic


September 30, 2016

Brothers Bond Over Kidney Disease, Transplant

By Alyse Brunella Alyse Brunella

Fifteen years ago, Scott was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy, a rare autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the kidneys and affects the kidney’s ability to filter waste, excess water and electrolytes from the blood. After coming close to kidney failure and joining the transplant list, Scott’s youngest brother, David, came forward for testing and proved to be […]

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Tags: Kidney & Bladder, Transplants


August 30, 2016

Coordination and Teamwork Make Simultaneous Surgeries Seamless for Heart Transplant Recipients

By Alyse Brunella Alyse Brunella

Once complete strangers, Michael Tyler and William Tiger now share a moment of making history together. The 55-year-olds underwent the first simultaneous heart transplant surgery at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, marking a significant milestone for the Transplant Center team. It was a long road for both Michael and William, as they both required ventricular assist […]

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Tags: Heart & Blood Health, Transplants